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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Nell Hill & Charles Faudree


With all of your suggestions and moving all of the furniture all over the place, I took a few minutes to look through some of my Decorating books and I found a common thread in both Nell Hill and Charles Faudree books.  Both of them drape clothes over tables, consoles and just about anything they have.  So I added the runner back to the top of the coffee table and it certainly toned down the wood.  I do love this look and I've had it this way many times.


 Bright cheery flowers  and berries are always a happy floral arrangement.


 The tray stayed the same with a small collection of marble and glass eggs, a hurricane and bust.


A simple and cheery look for a dark wood table.


The next thing they both had in common was the use of books all over the place.  I found several of their rooms where they had stacks of books by a chair to create a cozy reading corner.  I thought the leather chair was a great candidate for this look.


 A few book on the shelf of the little table.


 Then a stack on the floor next to the table and chair.


 It created a fun reading nook area without taking up any visual space in the room. 


Look around your house, you may have a spot where a few books can give you a special spot to sit and relax.

I am linking to the following parties:

Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home Friday @ The Charm Of Home
Flaunt It Friday @ Chic On A Shoestring Decorating
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Time Travel Thurs. @ Brambleberry Cottage

46 comments:

  1. You always have it so beautiful and homey!! I love it there!

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  2. Great insights, Marty! I have a little reading corner, and I'm thinking I should add a stack of books to it. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  3. Very pretty table vingette Marty.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  4. I love decorating with books too! Your living room looks so comfy....a great place to read and relax :o)
    ~Des

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  5. Love your look and love Frudue's books, especially the one on his cabin on the creek.

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  6. Two of my favorite decorating books. Your living room looks beautiful Marty, love all the little changes! Martina

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  7. Charles and Mary Carol are inspirations for me as well!!! And they're both Midwesterners and i've been to both of their shops (Mary Carol's way more than Charles', for she's closer!)

    I like what you did -- looks great!

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  8. I've enjoyed watching your room's changes the past few days. I also noticed I have the same pile of books you have! I love setting them here and there around the house. Your reading corner is a wonderful place to sit and relax while cooling off from your hot weather!

    Robin~

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  9. You always have a fair for creating such warm and special vignettes! I love the leather wing chair. Lovely. Hugs, FABBY

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  10. Oh I so love Nell Hill and C. F. I see that we also have many of the same decorating books. Great minds... :)

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  11. Terrific observations, Marty. And you made such good use of them in your own home. Your room is stylish, yet warm and inviting.

    I would love to have you join my linky party each week, as well. The link is up now.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  12. Very pretty, Marty. I would love to curl-up in your leather chair and read some of your books! :D

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  13. Looking good! I just got my newest Charles Faudree book about details. Can't wait to look through it!

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  14. Marty,
    Your collection of books is exquisite! I adore the "reading nook" you've created. I have a magazine rack next to my side of the bed where many times I read before retiring for the night! Nell Hill's books are a constant resource On Crooked Creek!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  15. Marty this is a beautiful vignette,I may borrow some of your ideas! wink

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  16. Very pretty, Marty. I especially like the hurricane with the berries, and the lovely floral arrangement. I currently have a small stack of decor books in our living room, on a tiny pine bench (I sold the bookcases and this works for now.)

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  17. Marty, I see we have the same taste in decorating books! My new Faudree book should be here in a couple of days. I'll let you know what I think. I always enjoy seeing your pretty home and I appreciate you sharing it at the Open House party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  18. Very Pretty! Nell Hill and Charles Faudree are two of my favorites, too. Your room looks so warm, inviting and cozy!

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  19. Yes, most definently warm and inviting! I could spend all day sitting in that chair looking thru all your books and magazines Marty!

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  20. So gorgeous Marty -- I love the homey look of having books stacked around :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  21. Lovely as always, Marty! You know I love CF...he's the man! :-) Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

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  22. It doesn't get any better than Nell Hill and Charles Faudree.. I recently went to both her stores in Atchison and last week at Briarcliff.. all 3 of them are very addictive..Now, I'm happy to report I'm able to carry some of her products in my little shop.
    :-)) I'm loving all the ch
    anges you're making. hugs ~lynne~

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  23. Your reading area is so cozy and inviting with the stack of books and the throw across the chair arm. Love that throw.
    Happy Weekend,
    Babs

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  24. You have a way with words and style. I have several of the same books you do and I see something new every time I look at them. I think it is time to look through my books again.

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  25. Marty, as always, your coffee table looks so pretty. I love the tray with the bust and marble eggs. I think the stack of books on the floor makes the corner look so inviting. I always feel like a stack of books makes it look like somebody enjoys living here. Great job! laurie

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  26. I love your reading nook! It is lovely! Your home always looks fabulous and inviting! Thanks for sharing such an inspiring post!

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  27. That really looks great Marty! Your cabin fever has got your creative juices flowing! That's what happens to me in the winter when getting out becomes harder and harder up north here! I love the books like that too!

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  28. Ok, are you ready? I am about to confess......it is true, I do not own ANY decorating books!!!!!!!! Yup,it's true, I sit here red faced:):) I do love your changes and your reading nook! YOur home is ALWAYS so comfortable lopoking. XO, Pinky

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  29. it's so amazing how such a small change can make such a huge difference...it looks great!

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  30. I LOVE C.F! I ordered his new book "details" but still waiting for it through amazon. Love all your changes, looks great.

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  31. Went to the Parade of Homes yesterday and saw many, large, mirrors hanging on walls used to open up a room. They were framed in such a way to look like windows. I love what you've done to your coffee table. Love the bust & magnolias.

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  32. You have created such warm and welcoming spaces Marty! I love your changes and we are so glad you shared them at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  33. Happy Birthday Marty!!

    I adore Nell Hills being a Kansas girl!! Textiles and books, two of my very favorite things!!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  34. I need to figure out what to do with all of my books -I will try your stacking suggestions and see - the coffee table looks great!

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  35. Why this looks just wonderful! I love the table and books...well, you just can't have enough books in a room. Tou put it all together so well.(-:

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  36. I love stacks of books sitting around. I think it makes the room look more lived in. I love Charles' books.

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  37. I recently bought a second hand decor book and it was about the store and style of Nell Hills and was just stock full of cloches.

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  38. Hi Marty Sweetie...
    How beautiful everything looks in your home. You should have been an interior decorator. You have the knack. This room is so inviting and warm. Just says, "Welcome". I could curl up in that chair in the corner with my book and read for hours. It is perfect for just that. Thank you Marty for sharing along with me this evening. I so enjoyed myself.

    This is the Miracle Weekend makeover. I am one of the hosting sites. For every comment left, Guideposts magazine will pay a dollar, to the next cancer makeover patient. Please stop by and read the story about 9 year old Charlie, and bless me with a comment. Out goal between the 4 or 5 blogs is 5,000. I know we can do it. I would appreciate it, if you pass the word around to as many friends as possible.

    Thank you sweetie for a wonderful post. I love it. Have a glorious weekend. Country hugs from Phoenix, Sherry

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  39. Love your new vignette! The runner adds a fun layer and softness ... and, the stacked books on the floor lok great! Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Hi Marty. How pleasant. Your table is always beautiful and warm. Love it! Isn't it amazing how a small change can dress everything up.

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  41. So pretty, Marty! I LOVE that little table of yours!

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  42. Love the light summer look you've added to your coffee table with flowers and that sweet bust. Also the pretty sofa pillows are so perfect.

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  43. So pretty Marty~ your table is beautiful! I love Charles Faudree and will definitely have to check out Nell Hill! Thanks for sharing at my party! :)

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  44. That looks really good Marty! I love Mary Carol Garrity. I don't have any of the other books, but I have all of Nell Hills.
    Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  45. Looks gorgeous Marty! I have some CF books and one of MCG and just love them. You always make things so pretty! Love the stacked books!
    Be a sweteie,
    Shelia ;)

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